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Building in the North

Building in the North is a fully updated edition of the classic work by Elbert F. Rice, a professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, who with a steady supply of wit, charm, and his own hands-on experience helped to invent Northern engineering. Easily readable and accessible to anyone with a healthy sense of humor and a willingness to live in the beautiful North, this guide is essential for those who dream of building that longed-for cabin in the woods—or simply find themselves needing to learn to cope with the threat of permafrost in a frigid climate. Illustrated with Rice’s own drawings and filled with invaluable folk knowledge, this contribution to science and human experience in the Great North will delight adventurers and natives alike.

100 pages | 9 halftones, 70 line drawings | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2008

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fifth Edition

Richard D. Seifert

Foreword to the 1996 Edition

F. Lawrence Bennett

Foreword to the Third Edition

Vincent S. Haneman Jr.

From the Author

Eb Rice

Chapter 1         Permafrost: Its Care and Feeding

Chapter 2         Northern Construction: Siting and Foundations

Chapter 3         Northern Construction: Walls, Windows, Doors, and Flooring

Chapter 4         Northern Construction: Heating the Ideal Arctic House

Chapter 5         Northern Construction: Vapor Barriers

Chapter 6         Northern Construction: Windows

Chapter 7         Water Supply in the North

                        with Joe Alter

Chapter 8         Waste Management in the North

                        with Joe Alter

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